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Screening consultation on rare condition in babies

The UK’s independent expert screening committee has launched a consultation on whether screening for severe combined immune deficiency (SCID) in babies should be tried within the NHS.

The consultation findings will provide valuable information about whether SCID should be added to the existing NHS newborn blood spot screening programme, which currently checks for nine rare but serious health conditions by taking a blood sample from a baby’s heel.